Sunday, February 24, 2008

Capturing a Moment

Have you ever wanted to capture a moment that lasted more than 1/60 of a second? I'd never thought of it before, but if the manufacturers of digital cameras are listening, here's your next killer feature boys and girls.

I'm sitting at Dolores Park Cafe, trying to do some work on a Sunday and enjoy a little brunch, perhaps partaking in the scene that is DP Cafe. We have a table next to the window so I'm watching the sun come out and go away, the rain pelt down and go away, the jackets and umbrellas come out and go away. There's this old asian guy who must be the security guard or something (do they need security?) wearing a neon reflective vest, standing next to the entrance on the sidewalk. Actually he's not standing there, he's walking in place. In fact, have you seen that new PS3 game called Lost Planet? This guy is doing the running animation that your character does in the game while tromping through the snow, over and over and over. I've had time to pull out my laptop, open up Flock and write this whole thing since I started watching him. He must be trying to keep warm, but from here it looks like he's on a long journey through snow covered hills - next to the entrance to DP Cafe.

So, to Matsushita, Sony and Canon I present to you a rough example for the cool new digital camera feature inspired by the running man of DP Cafe.

The instant avatar gif maker.
- 1-5 second animations
- just hold down the trigger
- download directly from your camera to your favourite forum

Here's my favourite example of what we can do with this feature (click):

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Botched Interview

So I'm watching A Daily Show this afternoon, catching up on the week's episodes when Chris Wallace comes out for the interview portion of Tuesday's episode. What I normally do when higher profile guests come out is look them up on wikipedia to gain some perspective on what I'm about to see. I do the same thing while watching Bill Maher sometimes.

On Chris Wallace's entry it talks about an interview he did with Bill Clinton a couple years ago, noting how Clinton gets pissed and says all kinds of embarrassingly truthful things about Wallace's (and Fox's) interview tactics and how they work to the conservative Republican agenda.

Before I carried on with Jon and Chris' interview from Tuesday, I looked up the Chris and Bill interview; boy oh boy it's a goodie. Clinton is a real statesman. Check it out.

We progressives could learn a thing or two about how important it is to have facts at our fingertips when dealing with conservative skanks like this guy.

Now, onto the Daily Show. This should be good.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Trend watching

Someone forwarded me this very interesting trendwatching site called, wait for it, The business is based around these reports that they sell for $700, cleverly dubbed "Trend Report 2008."

But never you mind the reports, although I'm sure that $700 is a bargain. Take yourself over to their page on how to be a trend watcher/spotter. It's amazingly thorough, if somewhat common sense, full of great examples of trendy Web design and CEO-oriented tips. In fact, if you're a blogger of any seriousness, you really owe it to your audience to read the entire page. It will take you about 30 minutes, but hey, it's Friday afternoon and that fish curry ain't sittin' so well.

One of the points I noted was their insistence on becoming plugged into the information highway. This, I'd say, is truer than any other point on there and probably the most relevant. If you give a rats ass about navigating your company or idea through the future to success then you must be a gReader user and know wtf an RSS feed is. You must read relevant blogs and news sites. You damn well better have an iPod and avidly consume podcasts. You will subscribe to interesting YouTube users and channels. Don't have time for this? Can't take the heat? Is American Idol on tonight?

*backspaces nasty comment, disgusted*

Go now, plug yourself in, be a trend watcher, become cooler, and be the first on your block to write about The Next Big Thing.

Monday, February 4, 2008